@Humanosaurus I would love to let my bird go outside and fly. I do not clip his wings so he’s a full-flight bird and does fly all over the house. If I have company over, I need to put him in his cage because he can fly and will attack anyone that goes near me. He’s a great security bird and likes to go for the eyes.
Unfortunately, he was born in captivity and I don’t believe he has the necessary skills to be outside on his own and I’m afraid if I let him fly he wouldn’t find his way back and would end up dying a couple days later. For this reason, he stays inside.
Oh, I did buy a flight suit for him, like this one:
He does not like it when I put it on. At first, it was so hard to put on him that I thought it was too small. So I brought it to the pet store where I got both the bird and the flight suit and my bird bit the employee as he attempted to put the suit on. I was so embarrassed. Eventually I did get it on all by myself and it fits perfectly but he hates it and keeps tugging on it with his beak trying to get it off. So that is no longer an option to let him go outside either.
Note: the flight suit is tethered so he can fly but not too far away and you can always pull him back in if you need to.
@cengland0 My cousin had a conure that looked just like yours.
He was the friendliest, silliest, funniest, most personable bird I’ve ever met.
My cousin keeps several different species in her house (dog, cat, bunny, pig, lizard, more…) and the conure was friends with all of them.
Yes, I’m using the past-tense. Poor guy only lived a handful of years, but he made a big impact in a short time.
@DennisG2014 My conure is very friendly to me and Mrs. cengland0. But he’s very protective of us when other people are in the house and wants to protect us from the “enemy.”
When I first got him, he loved everyone. But from working at home and him being with me the majority of the day, he has become suspicious of other people and will attack first and won’t ask any questions later.
I suspect mine will have too short of a life too. When I got him, I brought him to the vet and it was discovered he has an enlarged heart which has no cure. I could have returned him for a refund but they probably would have just euthanized him. At least he will have a good life with me for as long as he can. I think it’s going on 9 years old now and they live to be 20 to 30 years, I think.
@Lynnerizer I don’t have any photos of him in his suit but, as you probably already discovered, there are plenty of photos of other birds with their suits on the web.
The idea of the suit is good. It gives you a tether and also a diaper so you can bring him in public places without worrying about him making a mess. But mine hates his suit so I don’t add any stress to him by trying to put it on. Birds don’t handle stress well.
@moonhat@Pony Oh, I agree as well. This photo is from last year, and is an old temp pen we’d use for raising chicks. The girls (and Chad) were in there off and on for a couple weeks while I worked on their tractor, I just don’t have a lot of great photos of them. I appreciate the concern!
@smigit2002 We can’t free range either. We’ve got a ridiculous number of hawks and falcons, as well as foxes, coyotes and even the occasional mountain lion. So frustrating. We have a really large covered run for them though, and a nice big coop that my hubby built.
Thats funny, the miniature gene didnt carry through! We had one of those when I was growing up, my first dog. Her name was Hilldi, short for Hilldagaurd, mom said German dog, German name! Hilldi was a miniature too and right from the start mom made sure she’d stay that way feeding her Fit n Trim dog food!
Your guys a cutie, huge for a smaller size dog. More to love as I often say adout myself these days!
@phendrick@tinamarie1974 Today is the 9th anniversary of bringing her home. We have no idea on life expectancy. She’s a great dog, mostly. Our youngest two daughters have come through the sickness and are feeling better, now its the eldest’s’ turn to be down. Thanks!
I love those dogs, so much character in such a tiny package!!
I hear ya about tryin to figure out the picture postin, you must be on a cell phone. I was having issues myself and @tinamarie helped me out. (She’s so nice like that!) If you turn your phone sideways you’ll find your options will change and the picture icon will appear. Good luck!
I had a pet rock named Skip. He (or was it she) drowned. Ok, Skip may still be alive, but I can not get down to the bottom. The memories are too painful whenever I see Skip skipping along the top of the shallows. Skip, why did you have to go to the deep end?
He/she’s got the most beautiful markings! My guy Tuc loves to lay with all fours up in the air too! My first cat to do that, means they are totally relaxed, safe an secure. Biggest compliment in my opinion!
@Lynnerizer I used to have pet chickens until my HOA sent me a nasty letter saying I have to get rid of them. I miss my chickens.
I originally let them come out of the coop and go anywhere on the property they wanted until one day a chicken was missing and one died in the pool all on the same day. I could only assume some creature got in the yard and was terrorizing them. Might have been a hawk, cat, osprey, eagle, etc.
I had to build a PVC pen for them to walk around in and protect them with chicken wire all around and on the top. Didn’t lose any chickens after that but I felt bad that they only had a small area to move around in. But I did let them out for several hours when I was home and could keep an eye on them.
They completely destroyed the grass wherever I put the pin so I had to relocate it frequently.
@daveinwarsh We have a 6-foot chain link fence around the chicken run. The local coyotes figured out that if they ran at the fence, the stupid chickens would panic and fly out and they could grab them. So I had to put a chicken wire top on the run. Now racoons have found/made gaps in the chicken wire top and managed to score a few drumsticks. I think the local predators refer to me as “Colonel Sanders”.
@macromeh No raccoons lately, I ‘got rid’ of a few a long time ago & they never came back.
Had a coyote trying to dig under the 5’ chain link fence, I ‘got rid’ of it also.
The main chicken coop has an electric metal door that closes at dusk/opens in morning. Since installing that door (takes 4 D-cells every 6 months) the mouse/rat/vermin problem has been 100% solved. The hens are always on their roost in the coop long before it closes.
Yeah, those hawks are relentless! Even though it is the natural life cycle it’s still so hard to lose one.
Our electric door is called Johnny and it stands 6’2" has dirty blonde hair and glasses!
@riskybryzness fortunately not. Captain came from a shelter and was very scared for the first few months with us. You would never have known he was even in our house. Suddenly he decided everything was cool, and now lays on our bed like this almost every night. He loves a good belly rub.
@elimanningface Nope, I only have 4 cats. It was 5, but we recently lost our 14 year old cat to cancer. My neighbor down the road has hordes of cats that live on his property; he’s the cat guy. I’m the crazy chicken lady. I have 35 chickens, 10 ducks, 3 geese and 10 quail.
@elimanningface@Pony Every once in a while, when someone hears me say I have cats, they’ll ask me how many I have.
I like to respond with some version of, “let’s see… [counting on fingers] there’s Mopsy, Flopsy, Muffy, Buffy, Mittens, Sparky… ooh, can’t forget Floyd, and then there’s… Nah, just kidding, I only have two.”
BTW - as the workday went on, it started creep into my head that it might have sounded offensive asking if you were a cat lady. Didn’t mean it that way, just meant you seem to have a lot of cats! Thank you for sharing w/ the community!!!
@DennisG2014@elimanningface@Pony It’s only by accident. All of mine are abandoned strays or feral. I had 4 others I found homes for. Now I wish I had kept 2 of them as they were absolutely delightful cats!! I am probably placing Tigger and Peaches as well since I have too many cats for my budget and when I rescued them I hadn’t been thinking about keeping everybody since this place is only 2 rooms and my budget is really stretched.
@moonhat When I used to volunteer at a kill shelter they used me to tell the difference between scared cats and feral cats since I can often touch and pet scared cats that others can’t. What makes me sad though is that they attach to me and then I break that attachment giving them away. I have heard that several of them have really grieved. But I can’t keep all of them.
Old pics, but I’ve never managed to take any better ones, and they still look the same, just bigger.
Smokey & Tiger are sisters.
First pic is the very first night I brought them home, 2nd pic is not long after.
2013; Can’t believe my little girls are 7 already!
I’m really envious of all of you who have more than one pet who are cuddle-buddies.
After having a couple of one-at-a-time cats and always feeling guilty when I had to leave them home alone, I decided to get two litter-mates, so they could keep each other company, and waited quite awhile to find the ‘right ones’.
When I first met my kitties, at an adoption event, they clung to each other.
The two pics I posted above are basically the closest they’ve ever been.
The 2nd pic shows them both trying to claim the same spot - not sharing.
They don’t fight over spots anymore, they just let whoever gets there first claim it and kind of take turns in all the favored spots.
They don’t hate each other, like, they’ve never had knock-down, drag-out, screaming fights, but they definitely don’t like sharing the same space (or me) with each other and will take a swipe and/or spit a hiss if one violates the other’s personal space.
They kind of maintain a minimum separation of about a foot at all times, like a personal safety bubble.
If they have to pass by each other in a narrow space, like a doorway, they’ll side-eye each other as they pass, wary of the other taking a swipe.
It’s kinda funny but also kind of sad, especially when I see other people’s kitty-sibs being all cuddly w/ each other.
@DennisG2014@moonhat They are probably more attached than you realize - two cats I had together for over 12 years sort of hung out together but never got cuddly, would occasionally spat, but when one died the other wandered the house for weeks meowing and looking for him.
This is Cooper. He was 12 years old when we had to say goodbye just last Friday. I’ve always been sure he was part dog. He loved cuddles, chasing his tail, stealing bread, sneaking sips of milk from cereal bowls and curling up right on top of you for a nice nap. He’d see me off in the morning and greet me when I’d get home at night.
@christinerenee We got him and his older “brother” at 4 and 7 years old from our oldest daughter’s daycare lady, so we knew their temperaments. The old one can get grumpy at times, but Cooper was the gentlest, most loving kitty I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know.
All our packmates, as well as the stupid cat, are angels now. Well, for the stupid cat that’s a maybe but we can hope. Their wings get in the way of pictures; even when looking at those taken while they lived, for some reason they always get blurry…
@cinoclav Dang…google image search says that fancy box goes for like $100. I guess you don’t have to feed a box, so it’s cheaper in the long run to have a fancy box for a pet than a cat or dog. You should stick some googly eyes on it.
“Who’s a good box? Yes, you are!”
@cinoclav That’s a nice remberance. I was at the vet once waiting to pick up one of the cats - another guy, rough looking rancher type, was there also. We started chatting a bit and I asked what pet he had there - he said he was waiting to get his old dog.
A few minutes later one of the vet techs came out and told him that his dog was ready, and she handed him this little box, and he became very puddled up, thanked her and left. It’s amazing the effect an animal can have on the crustiest of types, and I think everyone in the room was wiping tears away.
@stolicat@medz Yeah, that’s not actually the box my cat is in. Nor our two dogs. They’re all in the basic cherry box the crematorium provides. But the one I posted just looked a lot nicer and kind of emphasized my point. So now I’m thinking my lost furry friends deserve a nicer box. Of the three that we have, the cat’s box sits on the dresser in the bedroom. The two dog boxes are sitting on the sill in front of the bay window in the living room. They both liked to lay there and look out the window and it seemed like the right place for them to continue on.
@cinoclav We considered taking the ashes home for one of ours, but I didn’t think it would be very comfortable to sleep with the box sitting on my chest every night. (as the cat would usually do)
I hope you know I’m only joking around and meant you no disrespect nor distress.
@cinoclav It is so hard when are animals we love die or need euthanized. They play such an important role in so many of our lives - especially if we are going to hell and back. I know, on occasion, I never would have made it without my cats. I wish with my earlier cats I had had them cremated.
Feral kitty (Peaches)
Took only 4 days to get to this point (she was 5 mo old at the time).
With her buddy Tigger (they’d like to live on the first floor instead of the 4th as the squirrels and birds are too far away - the bird feeders along the fence is where I snatched Tigger when it was apparent he was abandoned).
My 19 year old next month whom I bottle fed from 10 days old - “conveniently” needed fed every 3 hours in between written and oral comprehensive exams. Fortunately she slept in my pocket through orals. Not sure what my committee would have done if she had awoken and needed fed in the middle of the 2 hour oral exam. This is why I did not adopt a human baby and instead adopted a nearly 10 year old.
@medebbie@therealjrn Or ladybugs. Currently those are invading and getting in to my apt via the cracks. My cats are in heaven as they have all these toys that move to play with. You can tell when one is in the house as they are all looking at it on, for example, the ceiling.
One time my 2 cats (who died 1998 and 2001) came tearing down the stairs together and in unison, in the living room, abruptly turned sideways, fluffed out, back arched, tail raised… I couldn’t figure out what the heck they saw. The only explanation has to be ghosts.